Do medication dates ever really expire??

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Do Medications Really Expire??

January 2013

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I don't think so!!

I read this great article  Do Medications Really Expire? by Richard Altschuler and wanted to share.  I always believed that the expiration dates meant nothing but am thrilled to see I was right!  Expiration dates have been required by law since 1979 and are there to guarantee full potency and safety of the drug - not if the drug is "good" anymore.  

Studies have showed that the potency of the drugs changes very little over time.  Many medical authorities state that it is safe to take pills for years after the expiration date on the pill bottle, with few exceptions.  Companies who manufacture medications benefit from these expiration dates, they sell more bottles of pills and often repackage their products.

 Please click on the link below to read the whole article.

 

Do Medications Really Expire by Richard Altschuler

This is an article here to share information I found exciting to share - nothing to do with real estate....  just your lives.

 

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Robert Rauf
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I feel better about my expired cough drops in my desk now!

Jan 25, 2013 03:19 AM #1
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Bill Reddington
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I agree. Different then food. Am using some Motrin now that expired in 2009. Still work...

Jan 25, 2013 03:19 AM #2
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Jennifer Spanbauer Brodoway
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I wonder how this applies to vitamins?  I have no problem taking expired tylenol and aspirin, but I wonder about some vitamins.

 

Jan 25, 2013 03:21 AM #3
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I had asked my doctor about this years ago.  He'd told me they begin to loose strength shortly after the "date", but were still good.  I have some pills from years ago that still work.

Jan 25, 2013 03:34 AM #4
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Liz and Bill Spear
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Dagny, I think the information could be right for the more straight forward meds, but I'd be concerned that the good well beyond expiration date might not hold true for some of the more complex medications being produced via complex chemical synthesis or biochemical engineering.  I know old Chloraseptic spray doesn't cause the same numbness as a fresh bottle does for me.  Bill

Jan 25, 2013 05:59 AM #5
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Dagny Eason
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Bliz. I also am under the impression that it is solid pills, not liquids that last. The liquids do not last long. They are too unstable.
Jan 25, 2013 07:43 AM #6
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Dagny, Makes sense.  Liquid breaks down with light exposure, temperature swings, etc. :)

Jan 25, 2013 09:00 AM #7
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Dagny you mean I did not have to get rid of all those pills? So next time my husband tells me to throw things out I will reference your post :)

Have a great weekend.

Jan 25, 2013 10:13 AM #8
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Dagny, that makes me feel better about a bottle I found in the bottom of my desk drawer. Now if I can only remember what it was for

Jan 25, 2013 10:44 AM #9
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Robert - I never throw out solid pills - I find they still work years later!

Bill - Good one!

Jennifer - I don't know, but would assume the same would hold true....   solid lasts as long as they are not exposed to high heat or extreme cold.   

Tammy - most seem to be fine.

Jennifer - Don't throw them out, but be protective of them - careful with the kids around...

Ed - :)

Jan 25, 2013 12:18 PM #10
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Dagny, I came over from Ginny's endorsement post on you. She really sang your praises. This post on medications is good information that needs to get out so I am going to re-blog it. I am glad that I got to meet you.

Jan 28, 2013 01:04 AM #11
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Dagny Eason
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Thanks so much!    You are so sweet - the medications thing is something that has always bothered me, because it is such a scam on the pharmaceutical industry's part.....

Jan 28, 2013 01:54 AM #12
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Dagny, I've suspected that for a long time that the expiration date really only benefits the manufacturers and drug stores.

Jan 28, 2013 07:38 AM #13
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Joy Daniels
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Thank you for confirming my hunch too. Great article, I bookmarked your post.
Jan 29, 2013 10:50 AM #14
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Silvia - Now we can enjoy knowing that there is no reason to fear the expiration date.   Wonder about other things, like preserves, etc?

Joy - Glad you enjoyed!

Jan 29, 2013 10:54 AM #15
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Joe Petrowsky
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Thank you for sharing your post with all of us. Good information, as you said, it is just about our lives. A little more important than real estate.

Jan 29, 2013 05:51 PM #16
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Gail Robinson
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Dagny - That's good to know.  Thank you for sharing with us.

Jan 30, 2013 11:46 AM #17
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Joe - I agree, important little stuff to know...

Gail - You are welcome!

Jan 30, 2013 02:06 PM #18
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Lisa Friedman
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I am notorious for taking pills long past their expiration.  For something life threatening, I would never take the chance, however for a painkiller or common antibiotic, I have no problem with it.

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